W3C, Tool of Corporate Masters?!

What the hell? Just a few minutes ago I learned that the World Wide Web Consortium, probably bowing to pressure from some of its corporate members, tried to pull a fast one on us by submitting a proposal to patent key Web technology. This proposal was announced in the middle of August with a very suspicious lack of promotion. They only allowed a month of comment, which hardly anyone made because hardly anyone was aware of this policy move.

Perhaps it was an oversight but considering the controversial nature of this policy it looks like deliberate evasion. The corporate members of the W3C were hoping to slip this by us.

Well, we of the web development and design community say NO! We aren’t going to stand for this!

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